How does cpanel website hosting work?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel site hosting offerings on the current site hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite insignificant marketing niche (when it comes to annual capital flow) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web site hosting is a sort of a small-size marketing niche, which furnishes a huge amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering strictly the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the site hosting offerings on the entire web page hosting marketplace offer strictly the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web site hosting prices are alike. Quite similar. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/web hosting CP option. So, there is just one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...
200k "hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
The web site hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us come down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different site hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are only an average fellow who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the site development procedures and the web page hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and web sites . Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web space hosting option you can decide upon? Sure there is, at present there are more than 200k site hosting vendors out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different site hosting brand names across the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel CP and platform, named differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the assortment on the present web site hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The webspace hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics shows that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is an immense strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel web space hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably covered all site hosting business requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Problem Number One: A moronic domain name folder setup
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be ultra cautious not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to delete on the web hosting server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain folder structure is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is situated)
public_html/my-family (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-second-domain.com (an add-on domain)
public_html/my-second-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-second-wife.net (an add-on domain name)
public_html/my-third-domain.com (an add-on domain name)
public_html/my-third-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-third-wife.net (an add-on domain)
public_html/rebeka (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/rebeka.my-third-wife.net (a sub-domain of an add-on domain)
Are you becoming confused? We categorically are!
Weak Side No.2: The very same email folder structure
The mail folder structure on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly reinforce their faith in God when dealing with the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to mess things up too badly.
Drawback Number Three: A complete absence of domain name administration user interfaces
Do we have to bring up the entire deficiency of a modern domain manipulation GUI - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, change domains' Whois information, shield the Whois info, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's an enormous drawback. An unjustifiable one, we would like to point out...
Negative Aspect No.4: Multiple login locations (minimum 2, max three)
What about the demand for an additional login to utilize the invoice transaction, domain name and technical support management tool? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web hosting corporation. Now and then, on the basis of the invoicing transaction tool (particularly intended for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting company is utilizing, the avid clients can end up with two extra login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain name administration system; 2: the trouble ticket support menu), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Disadvantage No.5: 120+ Control Panel areas to get to know... briskly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the web page hosting Control Panel. It's a glorious idea to pick up each one of them. And you'd better pick them up swiftly... That's extremely impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web site hosting suppliers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...